Because other people turned off word verification on comments, I thought I would try it. It worked, sort of. No spam comments appeared on this blog, but I was getting a dozen or so emails a day notifying me of Anonymous comments. That wasn't too bad, but I just went to clean out the spam trap and there were 250 spam comments in there. If you could delete them all at once it would be one thing, but you can't, you can only delete 50 at a time, and it takes a while, seconds, I tell you. So now I have turned on the stop-and-identify-yourself barrier, but word verification is still turned off. We'll see how that goes.